Weekly Digest #66: What Makes a MOOC Successful?
About a month ago, Tim van der Zee wrote a guest post on “Guidelines for designing educational videos” for our blog. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are in vogue, although genuinely good MOOCs are often hard to find. I (Carolina) have recently started several MOOCs to explore the variety of approaches to teaching online courses and, for me, one aspect of making a MOOC engaging is to have elements of predictable unpredictability – meaning that the overall MOOC has a clear structure, but that individual steps within a session bear surprises on what will happen next: Will I have to do a quiz, will I watch a video, or listen to a podcast? To emphasize, this is completely anecdotal. Thus, in today’s digest we provide different resources on key aspects on how to make MOOCs successful.
1) How to make the best use of a massive open online course by David Gatrell, @legaladvert
This post highlights five things that learners can do to make the MOOC experience meaningful to them. Try to take an active role as a learner and shape your progress in the MOOC. This post outlines how this can be achieved.
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